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Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese...
Japanese authorities to expand electronic device use during flights
A flight attendant connects her tablet-type device to a Wi-Fi network on board a Japan Airlines’ international flight in December. (Ryuji Kudo)
The land ministry said it plans to relax regulations from this summer that prevent passengers from using electronic devices during take-offs and landings.
Line app to offer low-cost phone calls
High school students use the “Line” free call and messaging app on their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Users of the popular “Line” free call and messaging app will soon be able to make cheap calls to cellphone and landline numbers, the operator of the service said Feb. 26.
After unexpected loss, LG sees lower operating, currency risks
LG Electronics Inc. introduces a curved G Flex smartphone model during the International CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--LG Electronics Inc. is forecasting lower earnings from its mobile business this quarter and risks from swings in Latin American currencies after posting an unexpected...
Samsung, Google agree to cross-license their patents for next 10...
SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property...
ANIME NEWS: DIP prepares map app of 2,000 real-life anime locations
A sample screenshot of the "Seichi Junrei map" (pilgrimage map) app ((c) DIP Corp.)
In response to the recent boom among fans who visit real-life locations featured in their favorite anime works, DIP Corp. is preparing an upcoming release of a "Seichi Junrei...
ANIME NEWS: Gainax readies 'Magica Wars' anime for April premiere
(c) 2.5 Dimension TV Co.,Ltd./ GAINAX
An animated adaptation of "Magica Wars" is scheduled to hit small screens in April 2014.
Chinese smartphone makers take on the world
Xiaomi Inc. CEO Lei Jun, who has been called “China’s Steve Jobs,” shows off one of his company’s new smartphones at a news conference in Beijing on Sept. 5. (Provided by Xiaomi Inc.)
BEIJING--Chinese smartphone makers have been gobbling up market share on a global scale.
Toyama offers free English-language sightseeing app
Screenshots of Mapple-Link maps (Provided by Toyama Prefecture's tourism bureau)
TOYAMA--Authorities here teamed up with Shobunsha Publications Inc. to develop a smartphone app for English-speaking tourists to help guide them to the prefecture's top...
New location-based smartphone app shows 1995 quake damage in Kobe
Destruction of Taishosuji shopping street near JR Shin-Nagata Station is shown through the smartphone app developed by the Kobe city government. (Takuya Isayama)
KOBE--People visiting sites in Kobe's Nagata Ward that were rebuilt after the Great Hanshin Earthquake can now use a smartphone app to virtually go back in time and see the...
Line app tops 300 million users thanks to boost in...
A smartphone running the Line app (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 300 million people have used Line since the free call and messaging app first became available in June 2011, the operator of the application said Nov. 25.
Fujitsu to sell easy-to-use smartphones for seniors in more...
Fujitsu Ltd.’s "Raku-Raku Smartphone" sold in Japan (Provided by Fujitsu Ltd.)
With its domestic mobile phone business faltering, Fujitsu Ltd. plans to expand international sales by offering its senior citizen-oriented smartphone to more overseas markets.
BIZ BRIEF: Mobile phone contracts expected to outnumber global...
The global number of mobile phone subscriptions will exceed the population of the planet in 2014, according to a Japanese marketing research company.
Sleazy picture-taking cases rise as technology advances
A lens is on the right side of a hidden video camera that resembles a case for mint tablets. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A young man expressed his deepest regrets after being arrested for sneaking into a public restroom and taking a video of a woman inside a stall.
BIZ BRIEF: Fujitsu ‘Stylistic S01’ smartphone to sell in more...
Fujitsu announced on Oct. 24 that it is expanding the availability of its "Stylistic S01" smartphone designed for seniors to 250 Orange retail locations across France.
Sony, Microsoft vie to co-opt smartphone trend at Tokyo Game Show...
Gaming enthusiasts crowd a booth for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s PlayStation 4 during Tokyo Game Show 2013 at the Makuhari Messe international convention complex in Chiba's Mihama Ward on Sept. 19. (Hikaru Uchida)
CHIBA--Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are vying to turn around their game console business fortunes by flaunting their latest smartphone-friendly models...
New smartphone game enables virtual fishing as TV show airs
A screenshot of a new smartphone-controlled interactive game, developed by Vobile Japan Inc. and used in a TV variety show on Sept. 1 (Provided by TV Asahi Corp.)
A newly developed smartphone game allows users to interact with a TV show while it is being broadcast, a development welcomed by the industry in the face of a growing...
VOX POPULI: A disturbing addiction of our times
Many people in Japan simply cannot go a minute without checking their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
I feel more pity than anger for people who won't take their eyes off their smartphones even when I am talking to them. I don't understand why these people are simply unwilling...
BIZ BRIEF: NEC to withdraw from smartphone business
NEC Corp. announced July 31 that it will withdraw from the smartphone business.
BIZ BRIEF: Sony unveils world's slimmest smartphone with largest...
The world's slimmest smartphone with the largest full high-definition display will be globally released during and after the third quarter of this year, Sony Mobile...